Safety of Travel Through Utah Under Brigham Young

“Most emigrants seemed blissfully unaware of Brigham Young’s pacifying influence with area Indians, another notable Mormon contribution to overland travel. Perhaps overlanders did not acknowledge Young’s important role  because his overarching commitment to Mormon interests embroiled him in a great deal of controversy with Gentile Indian agents, or because a number of emigrants suspected that the Mormons occasionally directed Indian depredations against Gentile passersby. Yet Young’s maxim that ‘It is cheaper to feed the Indians than to fight them’ is well known and reflected his policies as ex officio superintendent of India affairs and governor of Utah Territory. And there is no gainsaying the fact that emigrants trailed through the Mormon domain with greater safety from Indian attack than elsewhere along the overland trail.”